July Adolescent Health News Roundup

From a 40% decrease in teen births in Colorodo to young adults seeing cost as a disadvantage to health insurance, take a look at the latest news in adolescent health.

State

Sex talk: Disease experts track down at-risk teens
MLive
July 23, 2015
“As sexually transmitted diseases soar in Kalamazoo County — gonorrhea nearly tripling among teens last year — their job is to have the uncomfortable talks that may make parents and sex partners squirm. They tell people about their risks, in plain terms, or notify them, one-on-one, that they may have been exposed to an STD through a partner that has tested positive.”

National

Obese Teens Less Likely To Use Birth Control
U.S. News & World Report
July 1, 2015
“Reducing adolescent pregnancy is a national public health priority and we need to understand which adolescents are at higher risk of pregnancy. Our findings suggest that obesity may be an important factor associated with adolescent women's sexual behavior”

Screening Teens For Obesity May Not Help Them Lose Weight
Business Insider
July 3, 2015
“…screening and reporting alone is not enough to make a dent in the problem of teenage obesity and recommended a more holistic approach. “We need to consider ways to have communities, parent groups, youth groups, churches, hospitals, etc. work in tandem,” he said.”

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success
The New York Times
July 5, 2015
The birthrate among teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Young adults see cost as disadvantage of health insurance
Reuters
July 7, 2015
These adults, mostly in their 20s, see access to preventive or primary care as the biggest advantage of insurance, and the financial strain of paying for coverage as the main disadvantage, the study found.

Survivors of teenage cancer struggle with jobs, emotions later in life
Reuters
July 10, 2015
Even decades later, people diagnosed with cancer in their teenage years are less likely to have college degrees, to work full time, to be married or to live independently, a recent U.S. study found.

Haters Gonna Hate. Teen Girl Activists Shake It Off And Try Again
NPR
July 16, 2015
“There are nearly 5,000 teenage girls in 66 countries who volunteer for the U.N. Foundation group. They speak out and raise money so every girl can go to school — there are an estimated 62 million who don't — and can receive official government identification papers, can get proper health care and gain the skills to pursue her dreams”

Mental Illness Afflicts Many Juveniles in Jail
U.S. News & World Report
July 21, 2015
“The researchers analyzed nearly 2 million hospitalizations of children and teens in California over the age of 15. They found that mental health disorders accounted for 63 percent of hospitalizations among juvenile inmates, compared to 19 percent for those not in jail.”

This Is How Teens Have Sex, According to the CDC
Huffington Post
July 22, 2015
“Brindis credited everything from the Affordable Care Act to condom visibility in films…for higher rates of birth control use and the continued delay of teens' first sexual experience. She also said that changing social norms about a woman’s sexuality have contributed to smarter sexual choices in teens.”

Medical Marijuana May Pose Risk to Teens, Study Suggests
HealthDay
July 24, 2015
“Teens who used others' medical marijuana had the highest risk of engaging in all five risky behaviors, including using marijuana more often to get high, and using alcohol and prescription pills, the study found.”

Low Income Teens Have Best Shot At Getting HPV Vaccine
NPR
July 30, 2015
“Among teenage girls ages 13 to 17 whose total family income was less than the federal poverty level for their family size, 67.2 percent have received the first dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine, compared to 57.7 percent for those at or above the poverty line. For teen boys, it's 51.6 percent compared to 39.5 percent.”

International

Heavy Social Media Use Linked with Health Issues In Teens
Huffington Post
July 28, 2015
“The solution? It's probably not to get kids off social media. Instead, the way forward may be getting more mental health resources onto these platforms.”


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